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  • HOMECOMING. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    HOMECOMING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1984.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. Very uncommon hardcover edition of the first book by this writer (who spent her earliest years in her parents' native Dominican Republic) to be published by a major press. Since this was issued simultaneously in both soft and hardcover, the hardcover printing was very small. The central section of these poems is called 'housekeeping; and reconstruct her experiences as her mother teaches her housewifery skills, there is the underlying irony that 'at 33' Alvarez is not the 'heroine of her mother's stories' for she has neither a house, husband nor children. A title in the Grove Press Poetry Series edited by Robert Pack. 93 pp. ISBN: 0-394-538552.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (short closed edgetears , sunning to the edges of the back cover of the dj, as is common with this dustjacket.) Still a lovely copy of a very hard to find book.

    Book ID: 30635
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  • SOMETHING TO DECLARE. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SOMETHING TO DECLARE.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Plume, (1999). SIGNED - SIGNED on the title page. Twenty-four essays on her life as a 'hyphenated American' (In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her father, after a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, escaped to a self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation.), and on how this has influenced her writing. Includes the "Ten Commandments on Writing" - wisdom she has collected from other masters. 300 pp. ISBN: 0-452-280672.

    Condition: Very near fine.

    Book ID: 41370
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  • SAVING THE WORLD. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SAVING THE WORLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel which goes back and forth between two centuries - from the fight against AIDS in the modern Dominican Republic to the 1803 smallpox expedition of Francisco Xavier Balmis. SIGNED on the title page. 368 pp. ISBN: 1-56512510x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82069
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  • SOMETHING TO DECLARE. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SOMETHING TO DECLARE.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1998. SIGNED first edition - Twenty-four essays on her life as a 'hyphenated American' (In 1960, when Alvarez was 10 years old, her father, after a failed coup attempt against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, escaped to a self-imposed exile to New York City, where Dr. Alvarez set up a medical practice in the Bronx while his wife and four daughters set about the serious business of assimilation.), and on how this has influenced her writing. Includes the "Ten Commandments on Writing" - wisdom she has collected from other masters. SIGNED on the title page. 300 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed brown wrappers.

    Book ID: 41369
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  • SAVING THE WORLD. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    SAVING THE WORLD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, (2006.). First edition - A novel which goes back and forth between two centuries - from the fight against AIDS in the modern Dominican Republic to the 1803 smallpox expedition of Francisco Xavier Balmis. 368 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72659
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  • A GIFT OF GRACIAS: The Legend of Altagracia by Alvarez, Julia; Beatriz Vidal, illustrator.
    Alvarez, Julia; Beatriz Vidal, illustrator.
    A GIFT OF GRACIAS: The Legend of Altagracia

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A delightful children's book based on legends in the author's native country of the Dominican Republic. It "begins as Papa returns home from a trip to the city with an overflowing basket of oranges, like those he used to eat in his native Spain. That night, after Papa warns the family that they may have to abandon their failing olive farm, young Maria dreams of planting orange seeds, and a beautiful lady with a crown of stars, Altagracia, materializes in an orange-laden grove.. . Argentina-born illustrator Vidal uses small brushes and gouache to create lovely, stylized folk-art-style paintings" [Booklist] SIGNED on the title page by Julia Alvarez. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-375924256.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 70185
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  • Amado, Jorge.
    HOME IS THE SAILOR.

    Edition: First American edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Subttled: The whole truth concerning the redoubtful adventures of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, Master Mariner. Translated from the Portuguese by Harriet de Onis. 298 pp.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket - a lovely copy.

    Book ID: 23472
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  • THE WAR OF THE SAINTS. by Amado, Jorge.
    Amado, Jorge.
    THE WAR OF THE SAINTS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1993.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An exuberant story of love and freedom triumphant set during festival time in the Brazilian city of Bahia. Translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa. "The statue of Santa Barbara of the Thunder, most holy of icons, is bound for the city of Bahia to be enshrined at the Museum of Sacred Art. Despite all precautions, however, the unthinkable has happened: The lovely statue has vanished." But not stolen: St Barbara has come to live. Glossary. 357 pp. ISBN: 0-553-095374.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43605
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  • SHOWDOWN. by Amado, Jorge.
    Amado, Jorge.
    SHOWDOWN.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - An epic novel with a city as the central character - "Tocaia Grande, a city in the Bahian backlands of Brazil's cacao region." Translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa. 422 pp. ISBN: 0-553051741.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79836
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  • Amado, Jorge.
    HOME IS THE SAILOR.

    Edition: First American edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Subttled: The whole truth concerning the redoubtful adventures of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, Master Mariner. Translated from the Portuguese by Harriet de Onis. 298 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (tear to dj along fold, other edgewear).

    Book ID: 41039
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  • SHAMAN WINTER. by Anaya, Rudolfo.
    Anaya, Rudolfo.
    SHAMAN WINTER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (1999.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery set in New Mexico, featuring Sonny Baca, by this award-winning Chicano writer. Map of Onate's route in 1598. SIGNED on the title page. 374 pp. ISBN: 0-446-523747.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80710
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  • ZIA SUMMER. by Anaya, Rudolfo
    Anaya, Rudolfo
    ZIA SUMMER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first mystery by this Chicano writer, set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dustjacket praise from Hillerman, Van Giesen, Sandra West Prowell among others. SIGNED on the title page. 386 pp. ISBN: 0-446-518433.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80712
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  • Anaya, Rudolfo
    ZIA SUMMER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first mystery by this Chicano writer, set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dustjacket praise from Hillerman, Van Giesen, Sandra West Prowell among others. 386 pp. ISBN: 0-446-518433.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 22861
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  • THE SILENCE OF THE LLANO: Short Stories. by Anaya, Rudolfo
    Anaya, Rudolfo
    THE SILENCE OF THE LLANO: Short Stories.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Berkeley, CA: Tonatiuh - Quinto Sol International, Publishers, 1982. First collection of short stories by this Latino author who was awarded the National Medal of the Arts for literature in 2001. A trade paperback original, this copy is in the later binding of glossy white paper. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-89229-0099.

    Condition: Very good (crease to front cover.)

    Book ID: 52570
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  • ALBURQUERQUE. by Anaya, Rudolfo.
    Anaya, Rudolfo.
    ALBURQUERQUE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of a young man's search for his father and a city coming to grips with the complexities of modern urban development. 280 pp. ISBN: 0-8263-13590.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87086
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  • THE SILENCE OF THE LLANO: Short Stories. by Anaya, Rudolfo
    Anaya, Rudolfo
    THE SILENCE OF THE LLANO: Short Stories.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Berkeley, CA: Tonatiuh - Quinto Sol International, Publishers, 1982. First collection of short stories by this Latino author who was awarded the National Medal of the Arts for literature in 2001. A trade paperback original, this copy is in the later binding of glossy white paper. 174 pp. ISBN: 0-89229-0099.

    Condition: Very good+ (hint of crinkling to lower edges of some pages.)

    Book ID: 49317
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  • JALAMANTA, A Message from the Desert by Anaya, Rudolfo (1937-2020)
    Anaya, Rudolfo (1937-2020)
    JALAMANTA, A Message from the Desert

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Warner, (1996) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel by this New Mexican writers who was one of the founders of the canon of contemporary Chicano literature. Thirty years after Amado was banished to the desert, he returns calling himself "Jalamanta," one who strips away the veils that blind the soul. SIGNED on the title page. 194 pp. ISBN: 0-446520241.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84172
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  • DAUGHTERS OF THE FIFTH SUN: A Collection of Latina Fiction and Poetry by [Anthology, signed] Milligan, Bryce; Milligan, Mary Guerrero and de Hoyos, Angela, editors. Lucha Corpi, Cherie Moraga and Pat Mora, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Milligan, Bryce; Milligan, Mary Guerrero and de Hoyos, Angela, editors. Lucha Corpi, Cherie Moraga and Pat Mora, signed.
    DAUGHTERS OF THE FIFTH SUN: A Collection of Latina Fiction and Poetry

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, 1995. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Contributors include Julia Alvarez, Cherie Moraga, Ana Castillo, Cecile Pineda, Pat Mora, Sandra Cisneros, Lucha Corpi and many others. SIGNED by THREE authors: Lucha Corpi at her contribution "Four, Free and Illegal"; Cherie Moraga at her poem "New Mexican Confession" and Pat Mora at the poem "Uncoiling." Foreword by Maria Hinojosa and extensive biographical notes on the contributors. 283 pp. ISBN: 1573220094.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 60352
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  • PUERTA DEL SOL. by Aragon, Francisco.
    Aragon, Francisco.
    PUERTA DEL SOL.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press / Editorial Bilingue (2005). SIGNED first edition - A collection of English poems with facing Spanish translations by Aragon, poems which move between Aragon's native San Francisco and Spain, between past and present. Warmly INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication at Notre Dame where Aragon was a visiting fellow. 109 pp. ISBN: 9781931010283.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58687
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  • ORANGE COUNTY: A Personal Memoir. by Arellano, Gustavo.
    Arellano, Gustavo.
    ORANGE COUNTY: A Personal Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2008.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second book by the author of "Ask a Mexican." This weaves Gustavo's family story with the history of Orange County and the current immigrant experience. SIGNED on the title page with the word "Gracias" 269 pp. ISBN: 1416540040.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 51380
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  • REINALDO ARENAS: THE PENTAGONIA. by [Arenas, Reinaldo] Soto, Francisco.
    [Arenas, Reinaldo] Soto, Francisco.
    REINALDO ARENAS: THE PENTAGONIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Gainesville: University Press of Florida (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Reinaldo Arenas is considered one of the most important Cuban writers of recent decades. His most ambitious project was a pentalogy on Cuban history, a magnificent literary legacy that he worked on intermittently from the time he was eighteen. . . Arenas described these five books as both a writer's autobiography and a metaphor of Cuban history. Francisco Soto's study, the first to examine the quintet in its entirety and in English, considers the five-book sequence in the context of Cuba's state-sanctioned tradition that promotes documentary novels of immediate and practical utility. Soto argues that Arenas subverted that tradition, insisting that the writer's voice must be a call…

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    Gainesville: University Press of Florida (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Reinaldo Arenas is considered one of the most important Cuban writers of recent decades. His most ambitious project was a pentalogy on Cuban history, a magnificent literary legacy that he worked on intermittently from the time he was eighteen. . . Arenas described these five books as both a writer's autobiography and a metaphor of Cuban history. Francisco Soto's study, the first to examine the quintet in its entirety and in English, considers the five-book sequence in the context of Cuba's state-sanctioned tradition that promotes documentary novels of immediate and practical utility. Soto argues that Arenas subverted that tradition, insisting that the writer's voice must be a call for freedom, challenging both literary and social establishments. Arenas's criticism of the Cuban Revolution was more than an attack against communism, Soto says; it was an angry cry against injustice and against a system that persecuted him simply for being homosexual." Includes a conversation that took place between Arenas and Soto, revised and expanded by Arenas shortly before his suicide. Notes, bibliography, xi, 193 pp. ISBN: 0-813013151.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 54181
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  • Argueta, Jorge.
    LOVE STREET.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    San Francisco: Tiki Bob Publishing, (1991.). SIGNED first edition - Bilingual (English/Spanish) edition. INSCRIBED on the title page. 'Annese, with love and madness.' Translated by Margot Pepper. Introduction by Francisco Alarcon who says 'Salvadorean poet Jorge Argueta, like a modern Saint George, is implacable in confronting, taunting, wrestling, slashing open teh make-believe dragon of "El Norte, " that mirage stamped like a star of promise between the eyes of millions of men, women and children-who like Argueta-have come to the United States during the past decade [1980s] escaping death squads, political persecution, institutionalized terror, plain old misery, and solitude.' Although Argueta, who came to San Francisco in 1980, is now best known for his children's books, which are rooted…

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    San Francisco: Tiki Bob Publishing, (1991.). SIGNED first edition - Bilingual (English/Spanish) edition. INSCRIBED on the title page. 'Annese, with love and madness.' Translated by Margot Pepper. Introduction by Francisco Alarcon who says 'Salvadorean poet Jorge Argueta, like a modern Saint George, is implacable in confronting, taunting, wrestling, slashing open teh make-believe dragon of "El Norte, " that mirage stamped like a star of promise between the eyes of millions of men, women and children-who like Argueta-have come to the United States during the past decade [1980s] escaping death squads, political persecution, institutionalized terror, plain old misery, and solitude.' Although Argueta, who came to San Francisco in 1980, is now best known for his children's books, which are rooted in the folklore of his native El Salvador, and explore the sense of belonging to two countries that many immigrants feel, this early collection is much grittier, with many of the poems set in the Tenderloin district, focused on the underside of modern American life: the hardships of undocumented immigrants, drug users, homeless and more. 53 pp

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    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated black and white wrappers. Very uncommon, especially signed.

    Book ID: 30417
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  • Argueta, Manlio
    ONE DAY OF LIFE

    Edition: A trade paperback original .

    New York: Aventura/Vintage, 1983. The first publication in the US of this novel which was banned in El Salvador, and which result in the author being forced into exile. Translated by Bill Brow.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers, as issued.

    Book ID: 6885
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  • Aridjis, Homero.
    1492: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUAN CABEZON OF CASTILE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Summit Books, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated from the Spanish by Betty Ferber. A novel of late15th century Spain - a time of discovery and exploration, of the Inquisition and war - by one of Mexico's most acclaimed writers. ISBN: 0-671-644998.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 22868
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  • THE LORD OF THE LAST DAYS, Visions of the Year 1000 by Aridjis, Homero.
    Aridjis, Homero.
    THE LORD OF THE LAST DAYS, Visions of the Year 1000

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Morrow, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated from the Spanish by Betty Ferber. A recreation of medieval Spain by one of Mexico's foremost poets and novelists. Laura Esquival called this "dazzling and provocative.. a dazzling rendition of period and place.". ISBN: 0-688-143423.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 4995
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  • MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY. by Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: New Directions, 1987. Two long narrative poems that revolve around the figure of Martin, a mestizo or 'detribalized Apache.' Winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. Introduction by Denise Levertov. Glossary. 104 pp. ISBN: 0-8112-10324.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 43022
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  • HEALING EARTHQUAKES: A Love Story in Poems. by Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    HEALING EARTHQUAKES: A Love Story in Poems.

    Edition: Third printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Grove Press, (2001.). SIGNED - "A series of small poems divided among five books, it explores the history of love in the poet's personal relationships: in (and not in) his childhood community, his mother and brother, women taken as lovers, and the first woman with whom he found love. Heavy with metaphor throughout, the "Healing" in the title no doubt resonates with the poem's epicenter: the falling in and falling out of love with his wife, a process steeped in contradictions as much as self-indulgence. The poems, correspondingly, are intensely personal, contradictory and completely forthcoming." (Publisher's Weekly) Born in New Mexico, of Chicano and Apache heritage, Baca was a runaway at 13, in prison at 21, and…

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    New York: Grove Press, (2001.). SIGNED - "A series of small poems divided among five books, it explores the history of love in the poet's personal relationships: in (and not in) his childhood community, his mother and brother, women taken as lovers, and the first woman with whom he found love. Heavy with metaphor throughout, the "Healing" in the title no doubt resonates with the poem's epicenter: the falling in and falling out of love with his wife, a process steeped in contradictions as much as self-indulgence. The poems, correspondingly, are intensely personal, contradictory and completely forthcoming." (Publisher's Weekly) Born in New Mexico, of Chicano and Apache heritage, Baca was a runaway at 13, in prison at 21, and all of his poetry is written out of deep personal knowledge. SIGNED and dated on the first page. 338 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-38144.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88445
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  • Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    BLACK MESA POEMS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    New York: New Directions, (1989.). First edition - A collection of poems rooted in the American Southwest by this award-winning writer. Glossary. 126 pp. ISBN: 0-8112-11029.

    Condition: Good overall -some creasing to the covers, contents clean.

    Book ID: 65650
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  • MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY. by Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY.

    Edition: 2nd printing in wrappers.

    New York: New Directions, 1987. SIGNED - SIGNED on the title page. Two long narrative poems that revolve around the figure of Martin, a mestizo or 'detribalized Apache.' Winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. Introduction by Denise Levertov. ISBN: 0-8112-10324.

    Condition: Very near fine in wrappers.

    Book ID: 20993
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  • MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY. by Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    Baca, Jimmy Santiago.
    MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: New Directions, 1987. Two long narrative poems that revolve around the figure of Martin, a mestizo or 'detribalized Apache.' Winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. Introduction by Denise Levertov. Glossary. 104 pp. ISBN: 0-8112-10324.

    Condition: Good in glossy illustrated wrappers (some creasing to the covers).

    Book ID: 65649
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